Roberto Martinez has confirmed Everton are close to completing the transfer of Aiden McGeady... but he won't join until the summer.

And the Toffees' boss could make it a double deal at the end of the season with the capture of Blackpool's England U21s star Tom Ince, who will be a free agent in June.

Martinez insists that while he is keen to strengthen his squad, he is reluctant to do much business in the current window for fear of disrupting the spirit he has created within the current group - who moved into the top four on New Year’s Day.

Republic of Ireland winger McGeady is set to be available on a free in the summer when his contract with Spartak Moscow expires, and Martinez explained a pre-contract agreement with the player is not far away.

The Russians are looking for a fee to do a deal now though, so it is unlikely the 27-year-old former Celtic star will arrive on Merseyside in the current window.

“We are very close to a deal with Aiden for the summer, that is true. You know I like him as a player,” explained Martinez, who tried to sign McGeady when he was Wigan boss. “But as things stand now I don’t think we will be able to do anything for January because there are too many difficulties. Many things can happen in the window, but right now it would be difficult.”